The Art Of Content Marketing

Before creating content, you need to prepare. Think about your tone and style, where to find the best writers and how to organize your workflow.

TONE AND STYLE

Too many companies start writing content before their brand has a defined voice. This leads to inconsistency. It’s like using one logo in your brochure, another on your website and another on your blog.

When speaking with people, you see their expressions and you adjust your tone accordingly. In a meeting, when you see that someone is confused, you clarify meaning, simplify sentences and speak reassuringly. The Web offers no feedback until your content is published, and then it’s too late.

To get the right tone, think of the person who best represents your brand. The person could be fictional or real, and they may or may not work for you. Now think of adjectives that describe them. Once you know what you want, provide clear details and practical examples.


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A few months ago I went to collect a friend from hospital. Arriving early, I entered the waiting room and noticed in-house magazines stacked by the door. I picked one up, grabbed a coffee and took a seat.

The magazine read like a very long press release, blabbering on about patient-centric care and employee awards. I was quickly bored, so I read from my phone instead. The magazine failed in its purpose.

Effective content marketing holds people’s attention. It gives you a distinctive brand, loyal fans and increased sales. You don’t need a big budget to succeed, which is why good content marketing is the single best way to beat bigger competitors online.

Content marketing used to be about customer magazines and mailed newsletters. Now it covers blogs, email newsletters, eBooks, white papers, articles, videos and more. In this article, you will learn about content marketing techniques that you can apply to your business.

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Why Content Marketing (as a term) Is All the Rage

The Rise of Content Marketing

In 2007, when we launched what is now the Content Marketing Institute, we based the entire business model on the belief that content marketing would become the phrase for organizations acting like media companies. So, on April 26th, 2007, Why Content Marketing? was written as my first of over 600 blog posts.

Apart from some amazing good fortune and a boatload of content that we developed around the idea and practice of content marketing, I believe it became the industry term because:

It’s simple (think Apple): “You mean marketing through the creation of content?” Most marketers could figure out the term with just a few seconds of thought.
No baggage: Custom publishing, custom media and even brand journalism created sometimes negative or completely wrong notions of what the industry was. Content marketing was a fresh new phrase that had no negative past to it.
It contained “marketing”: People with marketing titles pay more attention to anything with the word “marketing” in it.


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Content Marketing - In the BeginningNOTE: There have been a few articles recently (one on content marketing hype and one on the term ”content marketing” in particular) that motivated me to write this post.

In the Beginning, It Wasn’t Content Marketing

Back in 2001, I started selling content marketingservices as part of Penton Media’s custom media division. For the most part, we sold custom magazines and printed newsletters to large B2B organizations. We were just beginning to sell things like online white papers and webinars.

At that time, there was no such thing as the term/phrase content marketing. Custom publishing had always been the term for what is now the content marketing industry. In the late 90s, custom media started to replace custom publishing as the industry term in response to the digital content phenomenon.

We at Penton Custom Media, as a group, believed in the idea that marketing should be an asset and that delivering original, relevant information to customers was critical. Yes, there was a place for advertising, but we sold on the idea that when the advertising worked, buyers wanted more information.  Without that critical information that would help buyers make decisions, the buyer may end up going elsewhere or relying on someone else for their informational needs.  We also believed that customer retention was the most under-served part of the marketing goal set, and that consistent content to customers (ala a media company) was the answer to turn customers into evangelists for the brand.

That said, this was a new concept to most of our customers, even though the idea of brands telling stories have been around for centuries.

Selling Content

Content marketing was never an easy sell. 10 years ago, senior marketers were still enthralled with the banner, the button and the direct email. Content creation was literally the last thing on their mind.

But we persevered. When we used the phrase “custom publishing” marketers thought print or books.

Custom  media, custom content? Can you be more specific?

Brand journalism…hey, we’re not publishers. Corporate content/media…is that for the employee magazine?

Customer media…that’s so European.

Brand storytelling…is this fiction?

It was truly a sales challenge because our industry went by dozens of names and it took so long to explain what the heck we were actually selling.

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The Best Content Marketing Infographics on the Planet

As I’ve been popping back and forth from Pinterest to Facebook to Twitter viewing them all, I thought it might be helpful to put the best content marketing infographics all in one place. At the same time, I was wondering how long a blog post could actually get (this one sets my personal record for scrolling).

I hope you find this collection of infographics helpful…and, if you have other ones to add, please let me know in the comments.


As I’ve been popping back and forth from Pinterest to Facebook to Twitter viewing them all, I thought it might be helpful to put the best content marketing infographics all in one place.  At the same time, I was wondering how long a blog post could actually get (this one sets my personal record for scrolling).

I hope you find this collection of infographics helpful…and, if you have other ones to add, please let me know in the comments.

The History of Content Marketing


 History of Content Marketing Infographic

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22 Ways to Create Compelling Content

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The Anatomy of Content Marketing

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Elevator Pitches Don’t Work ***RECOMENDADO***


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Brand Consultant Jeremy Waite explaining why elevator pitches don’t work anymore. Great advice for entrepreneurs and anyone who’s about to start their own business.

5 Content Marketing Ideas Worth Stealing ***RECOMENDADO***

It was about the “deal” …closing the sale. It was sometimes called “Hit and Run” marketing.

Content Marketing is about creating compelling, contagious content and sharing it freely on social networks and blogs.

It is about building a relationship with your prospects and customers that builds credibility and trust that turns propsects into buyers and customers into high value repeat buyers.

The initial goal is to obtain the buyers permission to receive that content whether it is a subscription via an opt-in email or a Facebook social opt-in ” like” that delivers information into the Facebook news and “Timeline” stream.

Creating content is time consuming and a creative challenge.
8 Content Marketing Challenges

These are the challenges among many.

Finding inspiration and ideas for the content
Creating it
Making it relevant
Resourcing it
Managing it
Monitoring it
Measuring it
Making it “Liquid” and Contagious

Sometimes you need some inspiration and you need to try some new ideas and different media that may provide a nudge to try something different and creative outside your comfort zone.

As Steve Jobs says “Stay Foolish”
The Power of Multi-Media

Many of us still don’t think about alternative media to text and articles because online video is still in its infancy. YouTube has only been with us for 7 years and in the world of business and brand marketing this is only a “blip”.

We need to “switch on” our multimedia mind and consider other media rather than just words to get our message out to the world that wants and demands multi-media.

Images and photos are much more likely to be shared than an article or a white paper. Videos or infographics will be shared at high velocity compared the the humble “written word” that have been with us for millenia.
Idea 1: Include Images and Photos

There has been a significant evolutionary shift on the social web in the last 12 months as marketers and social media network startups have realised the growing power of visual content.

By the end of 2011 the number of photos being uploaded to Facebook had reached 250 million a day.

This number hasn’t gone unnoticed and has led to 3 key and noticeable events and changes.

The “Success” of Pinterest
Google+ being launched with the user interface designed to display photos, and images in high defintion and in a large format.
Facebook responding with the Facebook “Timeline” designed to give images and photos greater prominence. In fact you can now “feature” an image in a bigger size. Expect this change to be migrated to Brand “pages” in the next 6 months.

Photos and images drive high engagement on Facebook and if I look at my top ranked content on my Facebook page , measuring the virality index using the Facebook “insights” tool, the top 10 are all images or photos.

Some are cartoons that are relevant and congruent with my other content written or visual and with questions are used to drive conversations, stimulate and create stories.


Written by Jeff Bullas
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Marketing in the past often consisted of one off campaigns that didn’t build a relationship with your customer or prospect.

5 Content Marketing Ideas Worth Stealing

It was about the “deal” …closing the sale. It was sometimes called “Hit and Run” marketing.

Content Marketing is about creating compelling, contagious content and sharing it freely on social networks and blogs.

It is about building a relationship with your prospects and customers that builds credibility and trust that turns propsects into buyers and customers into high value repeat buyers.

The initial goal is to obtain the buyers permission to receive that content whether it is a subscription via an opt-in email or a Facebook social opt-in ” like” that delivers information into the Facebook news and “Timeline” stream.

Creating content is time consuming and a creative challenge.

8 Content Marketing Challenges

These are the challenges among many.

  1. Finding inspiration and ideas for the content
  2. Creating it
  3. Making it relevant
  4. Resourcing it
  5. Managing it
  6. Monitoring it
  7. Measuring it
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